New PDF release: Heartland heroes : remembering World War II

By Kenneth K. Hatfield

ISBN-10: 0826263356

ISBN-13: 9780826263353

"War is ready patriotism, approximately sacrifice, approximately conquering worry. and maybe so much of all, it really is concerning the man in the foxhole subsequent to you, taking good care of one another, retaining every one different, loving one another; a camaraderie so extreme in simple terms males who've been in strive against can ever comprehend what it truly is like. convinced, so much of all, warfare is approximately love."

Heartland Heroes is a set of exceptional tales from usual women and men who lived via amazing instances. They resided in areas like Lee’s Summit, Independence, and Kansas urban, but their studies have been greatly like these of worldwide battle II veterans all over. a few have been marines, nurses, or fighter pilots, others have been easily civilians who lived during the conflict less than the martial legislation imposed at the Hawaiian Islands after the assault on Pearl Harbor.

In Heartland Heroes, Ken Hatfield gathers the tales of greater than 80 women and men, whom he all started interviewing in 1984 whereas reporting for a small weekly newspaper in Liberty, Missouri. Hatfield’s first topic was once a marine named Bob Barackman, the uncle of 1 of Hatfield’s coworkers. That interview, which lasted for numerous hours, had a profound impression on Hatfield. He started to notice that as a journalist he had a different chance to maintain that small piece of background each one veteran includes with him.

Hatfield spent the subsequent seventeen years interviewing approximately 100 global warfare II veterans and different participants, however it used to be now not until eventually August 2001 that he determined to collect the tales right into a publication. The interviewees, such a lot of whom lived within the Kansas urban sector on the time of the interviews, integrated Jim Daniels, a Grumman Wildcat pilot, who whereas attempting to land at Pearl Harbor at the night after the japanese assault, survived a snowfall of pleasant fireplace, which claimed the lives of 3 of his buddies and fellow pilots; Charles McGee, a pilot with 143 strive against missions to his credits, who fought the Germans within the air and racism at the flooring as one of many Tuskegee Airmen; and Dee Nicholson, who used to be simply six years outdated while the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and her domestic on Hawaii. She and her father bear in mind what existence was once like for them and others, together with eastern americans, after that fateful day.

Following the conflict, those brave women and men back to the lives they'd left and attempted to regulate as top they can. Hatfield collects their own memories—the stories of the heroes who helped to shield their country within the final international clash this kingdom has obvious. They loaned Hatfield their medals, commendations, and regimental and divisional histories to assist him rfile and piece jointly their tales. almost them all downplayed their honors, insisting that they had performed not anything specified. via their tales, Heartland Heroes effectively captures this fading time period for destiny generations.

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I knew I had to put the airplane in the sea before it got dark and the engines quit,” he said. As he searched for a place to ditch, the crew suddenly spotted breakers, which meant they had reached the Chinese coast. With engines sputtering, Hoover managed to get the plane up to six hundred feet and gave the order to bail out. Then someone pointed out a tidal flat. Hoover sighted on a long, straight rice paddy, circled, and brought the plane down. “It was the smoothest, slickest, nicest landing I ever made,” he said.

The heavier, single-engine, single-seat P-40, however, had a higher top speed, a faster dive, and superior firepower—four thirty-caliber wing guns and two fifty-caliber guns in the nose. The American pilots were warned not to engage in individual dogfights with the Japanese; the trick was to attack the agile Zeros quickly and then escape. “It [the P-40] was a rugged airplane,” Layher said. ” Later in the war, Layher got a chance to fly the navy’s new Corsair fighter. He was impressed. “We couldn’t help but think, ‘If we only had that type of aircraft over there,’ ” he said.

She was surprised. “The only thing I knew about radios was how to turn one on and off,” she said, laughing. After she left boot camp, she went to school to learn radio operation and radio/telephone maintenance. “I thought the war was going to be over before I got out of school,” she said. Eventually she ended up in San Francisco and was put to work testing radio equipment to be shipped to the troops overseas. Mike Norris was also a marine. He was a combat radioman with the Third Marine Raider Battalion in the South Pacific.

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